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British soldier’s gory slaying yields more arrests, searches and questions

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NEW: A woman who talked to a suspect said she felt, "Better me than a child"

That suspect is one of 2 shot, then arrested after allegedly killing a soldier

The victim is Lee Rigby, a machine gunner and father, the UK defense ministry says

Two others, both 29, were arrested Thursday as part of the probe

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Why did Lee Rigby have to die?

That’s what people around Britain – its officials, its authorities, its citizens – asked themselves Thursday, a day after the soldier was hit with a car, then hacked to death on a London street in broad daylight.

There’s been no indication that the 25-year-old machine gunner, drummer and father of a 2-year-old boy knew the men who attacked him with meat cleavers. One of them who approached a man filming the gory scene in southeast London’s Woolwich neighborhood suggested Rigby had been targeted only “because Muslims are dying daily” at the hands of British troops like him.

Soldier slain in London was a machine gunner, Royal Palaces drummer, father

The two injured suspects remained in stable condition at separate South London hospitals Friday, the Metropolitan Police said.